Panama Tax Haven Scandal: The Bigger Picture

Panama Tax Haven Scandal: The Bigger Picture US and UK – Not Panama – Biggest Tax Havens for Money Laundering Criminals Posted by : George Washington Post date: 04/06/2016 – 17:03 The “Panama Papers” tax haven leak is big … After all, the Prime Minister of Iceland resigned over the leak, and investigations are taking…

Reading Jeff Halper’s ‘War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification’

  By Richard Falk      [Prefatory Note: The review below was published in the current issue of Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and Islamicate World. I am posting it here because I believe that Jeff Halper’s book deserves the widest possible reading. It explains clearly and convincingly one of the deepest and least…

Myanmar’s Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis

By Dr Maung Zarni   Dr Maung Zarni is a non-resident research scholar, Sleuth Rith Institute, (A permanent Documentation Centre of Cambodia) & former visiting lecturer, Harvard Medical School, USA Border guards in Bangladesh are refusing entry to Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Credit: Anurup Titu/IPS PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Mar 17 2016 (IPS) – The persisting humanitarian crisis…

Is the Egyptian media starting to hold Sisi to account?

By Mohamad Elmasry     Leading Egyptians, including media figures, have begun to turn their fire away from the Brotherhood and toward President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi A large body of media research suggests that media systems inevitably reflect the larger sociopolitical systems in which they are situated. Thus, democratic political systems tend to produce relatively free press institutions…

Egypt minister apologises over police abuses

  Egypt’s interior minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar said authorities were exerting “huge efforts” to investigate last month’s torture and murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni (photo by Mostafa Abulezz/AFP/File)   Egypt’s interior minister apologised Monday for human rights abuses committed by police after an officer killed a driver with his service weapon in Cairo last week. Magdy…

Egypt’s hollow parliament

By Abdullah Al-Arian     The final step in the restoration of Egypt’s authoritarian system of government appears to be complete.   Ali Abdel Al is elected speaker of Egypt’s parliament [REUTERS] Egypt has been without a parliament since 2012. As the drastically reconstituted legislative body convenes this week for the first time in nearly four years,…